Two well-known Co Londonderry pubs have been received financial support from Ulster Bank to help them through the ongoing coronavirus crisis.
Dorman’s, which includes Secrets Nightclub, and Mary’s Bar & Restaurant, both in Magherafelt, are owned and managed by Henry and Teresa McGlone, who have operated in the hospitality industry for more than 30 years.
The support is intended to assist the two businesses in the town centre through this period when social distancing measures preventing pubs and restaurants from opening are in place, and into the future.
The support includes a loan through the UK Government-backed Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme (CBILS).
“The team at Ulster Bank have been incredibly helpful, moving very quickly to put in place this essential support,” owner Henry McGlone says.
“Clearly, we have faced a complete stop to our trade due to social distancing measures. Without this support we would, quite simply, be out of business.
“Ulster Bank has always worked well with us, but it is at this time of crisis that they have really come to the fore to enable us to preserve our businesses for the future, something that is not only important for us, but for the town as a whole.”
And Damien Long, relationship director, Ulster Bank, said: “Mary’s and Dorman’s are a central part of the local economy in Mid Ulster, having seen substantial investment over the years, providing employment to many and attracting visitors from the wider area.
“Ulster Bank is strongly committed to supporting our customers in these times of significant challenge and we have worked closely with the owners and their advisors to put in place a package to appropriately assist the businesses at this time.”